Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731

Free Weekend Activities

Celebrate Earth Hour
Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m.

Leave your flashlight at home and join us for Earth Hour. We'll unplug and enjoy games, night hikes, crafts, and tasty treats. Best of all, we will conclude the hour by gazing up at the sky and wishing upon a star! The event is open to all ages. The cost is $5 per person; cash or check only.

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.

The Environmental Center is open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Environmental Center is open on Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.

Great Backyard Bird Count  
Saturday & Sunday, February 13 & 14    
Help tally the visiting birds during the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count.  Binoculars and bird talk provided.

Pine Cone Bird Feeders   
Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m.   
Sunday, February 14 at 11 a.m.        
Make a pine cone bird feeder to hang in your yard. 

Eagles at the Reservoir   
Saturday & Sunday, February 20 & 21 at 11 a.m.      
Discover amazing facts about these magnificent birds.  Hear an update on the nesting status of our resident pair.

Citizen Science    
Saturday & Sunday, February 27 & 28 (self-directed)       
Discover projects that use the help of citizen scientists.  

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!   
Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6 at 1 p.m.  
Celebrate the occasion with a story and a craft.   

Peepers and Wood Frogs  
Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13 (self-directed)  
Learn about the amphibians that are calling at this time of year.  

Backyard Birding  
Saturday, March 19 at 10:30 a.m.         
Discover which birds you might find in your backyard and how to create a welcoming environment for them.  

First Day of Spring Nature Walk    
Sunday, March 20 at 10 a.m.  
Join us for a nature walk to look for signs of the new season.  

Nature Scavenger Hunt   
Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27 (self-directed)   
See what you can find while walking the trail. 

Mark Your Calendars!  
National Go Birding Day  
Saturday, April 30 from 10:30 a.m.     
The last Saturday in April is “National Go Birding Day” and what better way to celebrate than to learn some bird watching tips and practice these in the field. Find out ways to develop your bird identification skills and use these to continue the celebration all year round.



  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.